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Berks County PA Patriots

Anne (View posts)
Posted: 28 Apr 2006 11:33PM GMT
Classification: Query
How do I find service information for men who served in the American Revolution? I have been pouring over the copies of the PA Archives that my library has, but it's definitely NOT an easy task. The books don't seem to have any kind of index of names.

Thanks for your advice and suggestions in advance.

Re: Berks County PA Patriots

Gayle (View posts)
Posted: 29 Apr 2006 1:14PM GMT
Classification: Query
Here is one list--there could be more. I used a search engine: http://www.historyslice.com/crossrefs/berksjn1.htm
There are many Patriots with same name so any list doesn't have enough info to prove it's who you are looking for. What is the name or names you are looking for? There is also the PA Card File:
http://www.digitalarchives.state.pa.us/archive.asp?view=Arch...

Re: Finding info records

Gayle (View posts)
Posted: 30 Apr 2006 2:50AM GMT
Classification: Query
If you find an ancestor's name and have dates of birth (or approx) and place, & death and place-- also where he might have or did serve from -- info needed to separate him from others of same name-- then there is the National Archives that have service records but not for all Patriots as many were either not recorded or destroyed by fire, etc or just lost along the way. If your Patriot applied for a pension and was refused or if he or his wife or heirs received a pension then your chances of finding additional info is at the National Archives. Also there is Heritage Quest which is available at some libraries online. It takes many weeks to receive copies from the National Archives. Heritage Quest would be a quicker way to go if you can find a library that has it available. With a name and a wife's name I can search the DAR Index. However not all Patriots are listed--only those submitted by a woman and approved for membership. The index will tell me if he or family received a pension. It doesn't identify his parents or children.

Re: Finding info records

Anne (View posts)
Posted: 30 Apr 2006 3:27AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: BRUMBACH DETURK-TURK
Hi, Gayle.

I know both names are on the DAR Patriot Index, so I have been looking for documentation to send in with my application. I have searched Heritage Quest with no luck. I don't find any indication that either applied for or received a pension.

I did, however, find a transcribed record noting that Hermanus/Manus Brumback was in the Third Battalion, Berks County Militia, 1780, Captain David Weidner's Company.

Also found Samuel DeTurk (listed as Samuel Turk) listed in the Berks County Revolutionary War Soldiers March 1777 - March 1780, Capt. Rhoad's Company.

How would I find just where in the PA Archives those references are located? We only have a few copies of the archive books in my local library, and there just doesn't seem to be an index of names, at least in our library holdings. Not being sure if NARA has a file, I'm thinking the archives might be a quicker and more successful route.

Thanks,
Anne

Re: Finding info records

Gayle (View posts)
Posted: 30 Apr 2006 1:12PM GMT
Classification: Query
National Archives seems the way to go. There is a lady Geri B. on this query site that has access to National Archives info. Sometimes she provides less info then you need and sometime provides quite a bit--just depends. But if she gives you something, you'll at least know whether to contact them or not. At present, she has a broken arm and can't help for a few weeks.
http://genforum.genealogy.com/americanrev/ Also there is an instruction for contacting NARA given by another person a year or so ago. I'll try and find it.

Re: NARA

Gayle (View posts)
Posted: 30 Apr 2006 1:16PM GMT
Classification: Query

Re: NARA

Anne (View posts)
Posted: 30 Apr 2006 8:55PM GMT
Classification: Query
The instructions in this message are no longer accurate. Perhaps someone could post updated directions ... the NARA site is STILL very counter-intuitive and difficult to navigate!

Re: NARA

Gayle (View posts)
Posted: 30 Apr 2006 9:28PM GMT
Classification: Query
I'm sure it is difficult to use. Perhaps the man who entered the instruction can provide a better one now. Years ago I found on internet lists of Rev. War Regiments in each state--I was looking for a state militia-- and what reel no. they would be on at the National Archives--luckily I found the reel at the National Archives in Seattle since I don't live far from there. With out that reel number I wouldn't have been able to find the regiment I was looking for. They were so busy there that I doubt I would have gotten anyone's help. I also was advised to take lots of quarters with me as it was expensive getting copies off their machines. I went through almost $6 to get 5 copies that were readable. Later I sent a letter to the Archives in WA DC and after many weeks received info about another patriot but it wasn't much since he didn't receive a pension. It cost $17. I finally became a member of the DAR but it was very difficult finding the required information.

Re: NARA

Anne (View posts)
Posted: 30 Apr 2006 11:14PM GMT
Classification: Query
Thanks for confirming my experience. I was wondering if it were "just me" having such a dreadful time with their site. I did email comments to them, though, for any good that might do, suggesting that forms be downloadable from the site and letting them know how dreadfully counter-intuitive the site is, as well as not having any kind of index of documents or names. Seems as though they need someone to go in there and overhaul the entire system!

I appreciate your suggestions and advice.

Re: Berks County PA Patriots

Posted: 13 Apr 2009 5:31PM GMT
Classification: Query
I found most of the Berks County, Pa. Revolutionary war Battalions, officers and enlisted men on (Pagenweb.com )search for Berks county. Very good site.
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